Update: As of Wednesday afternoon, Monterey County Election Officials say they still have nearly 34,000 ballots left to count. Leaving many race still up for grabs. 56% of total ballots have been counted.
A full count is not expected until Friday.
This puts voter turnout in Monterey County at roughly 46%.
Today voters in Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County weighed in on a tax on medical marijuana businesses. The two measures call for a 7 percent tax on revenue with the option to go up to 10 percent. Very early election returns of vote by mail ballots show both Measure K and Measure L passing.
KAZU's Doug McKnight spoke with Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold and Colin Disheroon, operator of Santa Cruz Mountain Naturals.
Jason Campbell, a small business owner and environmental activist who has worked to protect open space on the former Fort Ord , has taken an early lead in the race for Seaside City Council where there are two contested seats.
Seaside's City Council and Mayoral races may sound hyper local, but the outcomes could have broad reaching effects for the region. The winners will have a say on the Monterey Downs project, a proposed development that includes a horse racing track to be built on open space on the former Fort Ord.
On Election Day voters in Salinas weighed in on two tax measures that would collectively add up to an additional $21-million annually in much need revenue for the city. At an election night party at the Monterey County Weekly's Press Club, KAZU's Krista Almanzan spoke with Sara Rubin about Measures G & H. Rubin is a Staff Writer at the Monterey County Weekly who covers Salinas. You can follow the returns on Measures G & H here. Both need a simple majority to pass.